Saturday, February 18, 2017


NHIA Sharon Arts Center
2.3.17 - 3.12.17

Bruce Dehnert. 'Quantum' Opening reception
From a young age I was a writer. In being such a thing, I came to understand that the characters with the greatest breadth of complexity were the most interesting.  With a yawn, the simple characters were deleted as quickly as they’d appeared. Never satisfied until I’d bequeathed characters with imperfect symmetries of good and evil, by my teenage years I had begun to more fully comprehend that this was a principle in the real life personalities of the many characters living in my hometown.  Their ‘stories’ seemed richer for it, as did my own. 
Bruce Dehnert detail
My family was loaded to the hilt with devout Episcopalians, whose passionate beliefs in Christian mythologies, on the order of Virgin Births, for example, was equal only to the sheer volume of my early doubts. With these doubts came the recognition of and appreciation for the structure of their storylines. However, the adherence to a seemingly unredeemable faith in the stories was alarming. 
My grandfather was a carpenter. My father is an architect. For a time, I worked in construction.  I am inspired by the function, aesthetics, and conceptual reach of Structures. In this exhibition, the architectural-like structures serve to both support the figures and represent narrative as construct. Like all mythologies or stories, written or told from the ground up or heavens downward, their many storylines, like an architect’s blueprints, intersect or form corners or infer the pathways of rational thought.
All of the central characters of Shakespearean mythology are vehicles for life’s great themes. Being voracious messengers for morality, ethics, faith, and desire, some employ supernatural proclivities setting them apart from us earthbound types. None of them can be regarded simply as “Good” or “Evil.”  
Bruce Dehnert. "The Fool." Earthenware. 23" x 18" x 18"

Monday, February 06, 2017


Bruce Dehnert. "Embellish." Earthenware. 23" x 19" x 15"


Bruce Dehnert. "Devil." Earthenware. 16" x 15" x 12"


Bruce Dehnert. "Measure." Earthenware. 22" x 22" x 18" 

"The Fool"

Bruce Dehnert. "The Fool." Earthenware. 23" x 18" x 18"

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Square Plate

Bruce Dehnert. Stoneware. Flashing slip. Woodfired.


Bruce Dehnert. Porcelain. Glaze. Flashing slip. Woodfired.

Quatro Gimlet

Bruce Dehnert. Porcelain. Glaze. Flashing slip. Walnut base by Ellie Richards.

Saturn Teapot

Bruce Dehnert. Stoneware. BwhiteD glaze. Flashing slip. Woodfired.


Bruce Dehnert. Stoneware. Flashing slip. Woodfired.

Bourbon Charger

Bruce Dehnert. Porcelain. Glaze. Flashing slip. Woodfired.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

"The Clay Way: 2016 National Invitational"

Bruce Dehnert.'Ingot16'. Wood-fired porcelain, glaze. 12x11x3ins

Starting May 6 with an opening reception from 5-7 PM and continuing through June 10, The Clay Lady Campus will host The Clay Way Invitational Gallery Exhibition.The exhibition will be the first ever of its kind in Nashville, as patrons will be able to see the works of three generations of artists working in clay. The Clay Way Invitational is an opportunity for the national ceramic community to showcase its history and growth during the last century.

Julia Whitney Brown, The Clay Way Curator

Julia Whitney Brown

Julia Whitney Brown's work is narrative, observation based, or a study on form itself. The means vary from installation, to relational, to object, to experiential, to conceptual, to performance. Visually, her work is most influenced by the natural world, or the contrast of the natural world to an artificial environment. Brown's work stems from three means: 1.) the need to understand, define, and categorize reality; 2) for simple pleasure and 3) for creation as an expression of living dignity experienced through personhood. Influences that drive her work include experiences, relationships, relationships with experiences, and the active and constant transformation of her desires and worldview.